Parisian Charles Bedaux (1886–1944) worked a series of menial jobs before he moved to U.S in 1906 at 20. There he worked digging tunnels under New York’s East River. Thank you History Grand Rapids Today Château de Candé is themed around the Duke and Duchess's 1937 weddingand Bedaux's possessions. Bedaux’s connection to Grand Rapids Mich began…

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We Can Do It! 1942by J Howard MillerNorman Rockwell Museum, Massc350,000 women joined U.S’s Arm­ed Services, serving at home and abroad. As encouraged by El­eanor Roose­velt, and impres­sed by the British enc­ouragement of women in ser­v­ice, Gen George Marshall supported the introd­uc­tion of a women’s service branch into the Army. In May 1942 Cong­ress inst­ituted the Women’s Auxiliary Army…

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storming the Omaha courthouseIn the U.S, the Red Summer reign of racial terror arrived post-WWI. With an econ­om­ic re­ces­sion and the rising of the New Negro, det­ermined Bl­acks would no longer tolerate oppression. Ex-service­men who’d so re­c­ent­ly fought for democracy in Europe returned home ex­pect­ing U.S’s constitutional promise of equality. Yet during Red Sum­mer, White mobs attacked…

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Alex Greenberger discussed History’s 10 Dealers Who Changed the Way Art Is Shown and Sold. I’ve already liked 8 of these deal­ers in my blog, so I thank Alex for his other 2 stars and photos.Edith Halpert and some of her artists,in a photograph for Life magazine, 1952.Paris-born Paul Durand-Ruel (1831-1922) saw himself the first…

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Lenglen leapt across the tennis court with graceSuzanne Lenglen (1899-1938) was born in Paris. As an asthmatic, young Suzanne took up sport because father  Charles wanted to make her st­rong­er. Papa soon recognised his daughter's tennis talent so he taught her to attack the net and play with aggression, just like a man.At 14 Lenglen was winning…

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Square dancing teams, c1950  CaliforniaAmericans loved square dancing in the 1930s which grew out of trad­itional folk dance in the American West and out of folk dances in Scotland. American servicemen took the dance back to the UK late in WW2.From Jim’s Website, I know an American caller named Leonard Hurst, stationed with the American services during…

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Frick home in Pittsburghlater the Frick Art & Historical CentreHenry Clay Frick (1849-1919) was born to comfortable Mennonites, in West Overton, a rural community in SW Pennsylvania. He was the second of 6 children of an immigrant farmer who married into a flour merchant and whisky distiller family. Receiving only a brief formal education, Frick…

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KKK and leader, 1946American racist organisations were well documented since the start of the Ku Klux Klan. But the situation in the inter-war years was tot­ally unexpected. The Friends of New Germ­any, supported by New York’s German consul, were largely naturalised Ger­man emig­rants based in NY. The Friends was a small group that exist­ed into…

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Hacksaw Ridge (2016)Kuva: Wikipedia.orgTällä kertaa plakkariin tarrautui Mel Gibsonin Hacksaw Ridge (2016), joka kertoo II maailmansotaan Tyynellämerellä lääkintämiehenä osallistuneesta  yhdysvaltalaisesta aseistakieltäytyjästä Doss Desmondista. Desmond sai urheudestaan sodan jälkeen Medal of Honorin. Muistin lukeneeni tästä hyviä arvioita, joten odotukset olivat suht korkealla.Valitettavasti heti kärkeen sai todeta, että elokuvan alku on pateettinen ja suorastaan siirappinen. Lapsuus veljen…

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